The Edmond Sun

April 1, 2013

Margaret O’Bryan Brodnax


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND —     Margaret O’Bryan Brodnax, 80, died at home in Oklahoma City, Okla., on March 30, 2013. A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 6, at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Edmond, with visitation after the service. Margaret’s ashes are to be interred at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Birmingham, Ala.

    Margaret was born September 26, 1932, to Willie Graves and Edgar Ray O’Bryan in Cleveland County, Ark.  She attended public schools in Little Rock and Pine Bluff; received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from University of Central Arkansas, Conway, and her MA and PhD in English Literature at Texas Christian University, Fort Worth and did postdoctoral work at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

    She taught at several universities in the US and China, and ended her 38-year teaching career as Professor of English Emeritus at Samford University, Birmingham. She served on the advisory board of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival of Anniston, and later Montgomery, Ala. Margaret continued writing and editing after her retirement.

    After Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in 2005, she and her husband, Charles T. Brodnax, relocated near their daughter Mary Brodnax, son-in-law Hans Rudolf Nollert, and grandson Theodore Rudolf Brodnax Nollert, all of Edmond, Okla.

    Margaret served in various Christian churches as pianist, organist, and chorister, in the church schools and as eucharistic minister and lay reader in the Episcopal church. She was an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma and of Phi Kappa Phi.

    In Edmond she made new friends with the women of the Edmond PEO, Chapter D, and the local chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma, as well as Oak Hollow neighbors and the parishioners of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church of Edmond.

    Margaret was preceded in death by a son, Faulkner Eugene Brodnax, and her siblings Elizabeth White, Alonzo O’Bryan, Pauline May, Robbie Kemper, and Gordon O’Bryan.

    She is survived by her brother Harold O’Bryan and his wife Mary Jo, brother-in-law Charles Kemper, sister-in-law Nell O’Bryan; many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and her dearest friend, Lucille Crosby Hendrix, of Pine Bluff, Ark.

    Memorial gifts may be made to the Margaret O. Brodnax Scholarship Fund at Samford University, Office of University Advancement, 800 Lakeshore Drive, Birmingham, Alabama 35229, or to The American Parkinson Disease Association (Parkinson Plaza; 135 Parkinson Avenue; Staten Island, NY 10305-1425 or http://action.apdaparkinson.org. The family requests no flowers.

    Arrangements by Matthews Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Edmond.